The family of a missing 22-year-old woman has issued a new statement urging her boyfriend to come forward with information about her disappearance.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie embarked on a cross-country road trip earlier this summer. Gabby’s family reported her missing this weekend after she fell out of contact. Her mother. Nicole Schmidt, reportedly said that she last had a FaceTime video chat with her daughter on August 23 or 24; and received a text message from Gabby’s phone on August 30 – a message that Schmidt has said she is not certain her daughter wrote.
Authorities in Florida announced on Wednesday that Laundrie, 23, is now a person of interest in the investigation, but no criminal charges have been filed. As Fox News reports, police said that Laundrie returned home to Florida on September 1 in the converted camper van that he and Gabby had been traveling in, which is now being processed for evidence. It remains unclear exactly where the couple separated, but Gabby’s last known location is believed to have been in Wyoming.
Through a spokesperson, Gabby’s family issued a new statement on Wednesday, addressing Laundrie’s lack of cooperation in the search.
“Everyday the search for Gabby continues the Schmidt and Petito family becomes more desperate. They are frantically searching for answers and information in their daughter’s disappearance while Brian sits in the comfort of his home.
Brian claims he wants to sit in the background while we search for Gabby in the wilderness of the Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks.
Brian left Gabby in the wilderness with grizzly bears and wolves while he sits in the comfort of his home. In his home!
Brian, how could you do this to Gabby? You selfishly remain silent while Gabby is all alone in the wilderness.
Brian, your silence is reprehensible! We beg you to do the right thing and help us bing Gabby home.
Brian, whatever happened in Wyoming, happened. The only thing you can control is what you do now. Tell us where Gabby is.
You tarnish you love for her with your silence.”
Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
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